According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), fatal car crashes involving teen drivers have fallen by about one-third over the past five years.
 
The report is being published this week in the CDC publication, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, says that the number of teen driving deaths has fallen dramatically from approximately 2,200 in 2004 to about 1,400 in 2008.
 
The CDC looked at statistics for fatal accidents involving drivers who were 16 or 17 years old over the five year period. There were more than 9,600 fatal car crashes that resulted in over 11,000 deaths.
 
The rate of fatal teen driver crashes has been declining since 1996. The CDC says this does not mean that teens are becoming safe drivers, but that safer cars with airbags and highway improvements are saving lives.  However, the main reason credited for the decline is tougher teen driving laws and graduated licensing programs that regulate when teens can drive and when they can carry passengers.
 
Nothing is sadder than the loss of a young person who is just beginning his life.  Attorney Shane smith represents the families of those killed in Atlanta car crashes. To learn more or schedule a free consultation, contact The Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia
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